The Contender (Google eBook)
Before you can be a champion,
you have to be a contender.
Alfred Brooks is scared. He's a highschool dropout and his grocery store job is leading nowhere. His best friend is sinking further and further into drug addiction. Some street kids are after him for something he didn't even do. So Alfred begins going to Donatelli's Gym, a boxing club in Harlem that has trained champions. There he learns it's the effort, not the win, that makes the man -- that last desperate struggle to get back on your feet when you thought you were down for the count.
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Review: The Contender (The Contender #1)User Review - Mikial Shaffer - Goodreads
"The Contender" is by far one of the greatest books that I have ever read. It goes in depth of the life a normal young man by the name of Alfred Brooks, a very plain and average citizen in New York ... Read full review
Review: The Contender (The Contender #1)User Review - Haley - Goodreads
Black kid, friend gets arrested for thieving. Alfred gets beat up, decides to become a fighter. Goes to the gym, give a work-out regiment. Bunch of civil rights issues, as it do in '67. Gettin hassled ... Read full review